Narrabri Shire: Education
Education for your children is an important family decision and is the key to unlocking a world of potential and possibilities for your child’s future. Within Narrabri Shire there is a cohesive group of fourteen public and private (Catholic) primary schools and two public secondary schools offering great teaching and learning opportunities. Narrabri Shire schools excel in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits shaping excellent young citizens for the community. After secondary school, tertiary education is available directly through TAFE, a University of New England Access Centre and the Northern Inland Community College.
Narrabri Public School
St Francis Xavier’s Primary School (Catholic)
Narrabri West Public School
Narrabri High School
Wee Waa High School
Narrabri Public School
Address: Barwan St, Narrabri
Phone: 02 6792 2246
Narrabri Public School is situated in the centre of Narrabri. The school buildings are attractive and well maintained. The administration block was the first school building erected in Narrabri in 1868 and is heritage listed. The grounds are a feature of the school and add to the pleasant environment. A very positive climate exists at the school. The school’s vision is that “the school community is committed to develop all children to their full potential.” The statement of purpose is “to promote each child’s development towards making the most of knowledge, wise decision making, responsible self-direction and caring relationships.” All parents are welcomed at the school and encouraged to play an important part in the life of the school and the education of their children.
St Francis Xavier’s Primary School (Catholic)
Address: 32 Nandewar St, Narrabri
Phone: 02 6792 1796
St Francis Xavier’s Primary School is a co-educational Catholic Primary school (K- 6) in the Armidale Diocese and is situated in the rural town of Narrabri (see link below). Established in 1885 by the Sisters of St Joseph, the school has continued to grow and thrive, providing quality Catholic education for over a hundred years. St Francis Xavier’s is a modern, well equipped school that continues the traditions of the past.
St Francis Xavier’s offers a comprehensive and diverse curriculum that engages and empowers the learner in real and relevant learning experiences. A strong leadership program allows for students to make a difference within the school and wider community.
At St Francis Xavier’s we enable a real knowledge of Christ as model, to be experienced in all aspects of school life. We aim to create the richest possible learning environment for the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development of our learners. Highly professional teachers understand the needs of the whole child and foster a love of learning.
St Francis Xavier’s is an energetic school community where staff, parents and students work collaboratively to develop a cohesive approach to education.
Address: 6 Cooma Rd, Narrabri
Phone: 02 6792 2377
Narrabri West Public School is situated on the south western edge of the town. The school has the advantage of having a Pre-School. In part the goals and directions at Narrabri West Public School state that we aim to develop an environment in which: children are valued as individuals; their abilities and talents are identified and furthered; they experience the support of their peers; they are not disadvantaged by any form of discrimination; parental involvement is encouraged; good relationships are modelled; and that the children feel safe. Narrabri West has expansive playing spaces with 4.5 hectares of playground, track and field facilities, cricket nets and netball courts. It also has an extensive technology network with all classrooms networked and a classroom emphasis on integrating ICT. If you would like further information about Narrabri West Public School please call into the office and ask for a copy of the school handbook or visit the school’s website at www.narrabriw-p.schools.nsw.edu.au. Alternatively you are very welcome to make an appointment with the principal to visit our school.
Boggabri Public School
Address: Merton St, Boggabri
Phone: 02 6743 4526
At Boggabri Public School every child is valued. Students learn in a stimulating and challenging environment and are encouraged to reach their full potential. Highly dedicated and talented teachers inspire a love of learning and provide quality teaching and learning programs that cater for all students. Strong programs in literacy and numeracy provide enrichment and support for all students with alternative pathways in reading and maths groups to foster individual abilities and interests. Students love to participate in sporting teams competing against other primary schools in rugby league, netball, soccer and touch football. Being part of these sporting teams has continued to foster good sportsmanship and a deeper understanding of the value of working together to achieve success.
The school is an attractive well-resourced school in beautiful grounds with state-of-the-art technology including electronic whiteboards in every classroom, laptops, a computer lab and video conferencing facilities. Enthusiastic parents and community members assist the school to provide new resources and extra-curricular activities. Our approachable and highly competent office and support staff work well beyond their roles to ensure the administration of the school runs smoothly and effectively. The values of tolerance, respect and fair play are embedded in all that we do.
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Address: 57 Laidlaw Street, Boggabri
Phone: 02 6743 4656
By choosing to send your child to Sacred Heart you will be sharing in an atmosphere where Faith, Hope, Love and Care are vital and living realities. We are concerned with the overall development of each individual with specific emphasis on academic, spiritual and physical education.
As the first educators of your children, you are unique and sacred people in their lives. Long after our role as teachers/educators concludes, you will continue to be vital people in the lives of your children. As your child’s formal education begins you are invited to work with the school, in a variety of ways, for the benefit of your child. Parents and the school take on the task of revealing God to all people and showing children what God is really like. If we can answer this call we will be giving our children hope for the future and a solid path to follow. It is a joint venture that calls us all to follow the truth.
Namoi Valley Christian School
Address: 51 Rose Street, Wee Waa
Phone: 02 6795 3044
Our school started with 7 children in an old shop in 1983. It was established by a small group of parents who wanted to provide an educational setting in which teaching and learning of a high standard were founded on Bible-based beliefs, values and behaviours, and in which parents had ready access to the decision-making framework. The desires of this original group of parents still forms the basis of our vision today.
We aim to meet the needs of all the students within our school. We provide support and intervention for those who have learning difficulties, whilst also providing extension work for those who need to be challenged and extended.
St Josephs School (Catholic)
Address: Alma Street, Wee Waa
Phone: 02 6795 4038
St Josephs offers a well-rounded education incorporating all new South Wales syllabus documents for the six key learning areas as well as the Catholic perspective through the Celebrating Our Journey Religious Education syllabus. St Josephs strives to offer an education that caters to the needs of the whole child. The school community is committed to being involved in town and community activities by poarticipating in ANZAC Day ceremonies, local show entries, visiting and performing for senior citizens at functions and at the local nursing home, clean-Up Australia Day, local shire events and a variety of other events as the opportunities arise.
St Josephs offers a curriculum loaded with extra curricular opportunities for all children from Kindergarten to year 6. Students participate in a structured gross motor programme and weekly fitness programme. An intensive swimming programme is followed during Terms 1 and 4 under the supervision of teaching staff who have attained AUSTSWIM qualifications. Regular opportunities are presented where children can participate in music, dance and drama activities conducted by the teachers or by specialist teachers who visit the school with a number of children also participating and achieving in the Narrabri Eisteddfod.
Wee Waa Public School
Address: Cowper St, Wee Waa
Phone: 02 6795 4284
Wee Waa Public School is an educationally progressive and innovative school. Our emphasis is on providing quality learning through a combined teacher, parent and student approach. We care, we listen, and we work together to make our school a safe, happy and caring place. A very positive climate exists in both the classroom and the playground. Parents feel welcome and we regularly see parents in the school, working with teachers, enjoying a sausage sizzle or lunch in a picnic like atmosphere with their children. Our school prepares children for the future.
It is a place where children learn about life, learn to work in a team, learn to become tolerant and caring and feel able to take risks without being seen as failures. We are leaders in our town, providing and continuing to provide support and training in a vast array of areas for our parents, teachers, students and the wider community. “We aim for the future and we value the past”. If you would like more information about Wee Waa Public School, please call into the office and ask for a copy of our school prospectus and handbook. Alternatively you may like to make an appointment with the principal and have a tour of our school.
Bellata Public School
Address: Gurley St, Bellata
Phone: 02 6793 7514
Bellata Public School is established as a focal point of the small rural community and is acknowledged as offering quality education. The community supports all educational programs and initiatives. Resourcing of literacy and information technology is a priority. The school is student-centred. It provides its students with a safe and happy environment in which meaningful teaching and learning take place. The school curriculum is designed to nurture and enhance the personal, social, creative and academic development of each student. Comments from a student survey across the school indicate that the children are happy and love to come to school. The cultural understandings of students are broadened by providing them with meaningful experiences both in and out of school. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural and multicultural programs, debating, public speaking, arts, dance, writing and music. many opportunities for students to participate in both team and individual sports are provided. The school has been classified as a Country Areas Program (CAP) school, acknowledging it as being geographically isolated.
Address: Maules Creek, Maules Creek via Boggabri
Phone: 02 6794 4502
Fairfax Public School is situated 42 kilometres from Narrabri in the foothills of the Nandewar Ranges. It is central to the farming and grazing community of Maules Creek. The school: provides a strong foundation of lifelong learning through a range of stimulating and effective teaching and learning experiences across all key learning areas; recognises student diversity and the need to develop independence and self-confidence through the implementation of individual learning and support programs; values and promotes effective learning partnerships with parents, students and the community in order to achieve significant social and learning outcomes; reflects our shared vision through the school motto, ‘Not Many But Much’.
Gwabegar Public School
Address: Chauvel St, Gwabegar
Phone: 02 6843 6252
Gwabegar Public School strives to achieve a quality education for all students, while promoting personal growth and self-esteem. The physical presentation of the school grounds and classroom reflects the pride that the students and staff feel about their school.
Pilliga Public School
Address: Dangar St, Pilliga
Phone: 02 6796 4338
Pilliga Public School is a unique educational facility providing excellent education for children from the Pilliga township and surrounding properties. The school buildings and grounds are exceptionally well maintained. The school’s role in the community is of great significance. It is an inclusive community school wilth the school community feeling a strong sense of ownership and empowerment.
Narrabri High School
Address: Gibbons St, Narrabri
Phone: 02 6792 1633
Narrabri High School is a comprehensive co-educational high school which caters for students from Years 7 to 12. Situated in the New England region of NSW, the school provides educational opportunities for students from the town as well as adjacent rural areas. The school has a well developed welfare network which supports students and which emphasises a concern for their growth and their well-being. Narrabri High School prides itself on being genuinely comprehensive and on catering for the needs and aspirations of all students. A broad and comprehensive curriculum is provided and there is a tradition of academic excellence and high achievement in sports, the visual and performing arts, student leadership and a range of other extra-curricular activities.The school is well equipped with a number of specialist facilities. It has a farm, a large hall, computer laboratories, sporting oval and well-kept grounds. Narrabri High School enjoys close ties with the local community which enable the school to provide additional opportunities for students. It is well supported by an active parent body, the business community and liaises extensively with local primary schools and TAFE.
Wee Waa High School
Address: Purcell Ave, Wee Waa
Phone: 02 6795 4477
Wee Waa High provides a diverse curriculum for both senior and junior students. A range of subjects cater for students intending to pursue tertiary education and a strong vocational education program in five subjects meets student needs and interests in gaining industry qualifications. The principal’s recommendation scheme to several universities enhances the opportunities for students to select the university and course of their choice. A committed staff regularly provide after hours coaching and support for seniors in small or class groups. Fourteen senior students attended after hours coaching in five subjects areas. This included a student in the preliminary year. Six students attended twenty hours of coaching each. The senior study room was used for small group lessons and individual study. Two senior staff members provided in-school coaching for four hours per week for senior students in addition to the after hours coaching program. Special excursions during the year to cater for students’ needs included a senior geography, music and business studies trip to Sydney and a gifted and talented science trip to the opening of Science Week in Sydney.
Community College Northern Inland
Address: 3/100 Maitland Street, Narrabri
Phone: 02 6792 6196
Community College Northern Inland provides innovative education and employment related training programs to meet the needs of our local communities.
Community College Northern Inland provides a regular service to the communities of: Barraba, Bingara, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Warialda and other targeted areas as needs are identified.
TAFE New England
Address: 87 Barwan Street
Phone: 02 6792 8805
TAFE New England Narrabri campus serves the wider community of Narrabri, located in the prime agricultural and gas/coal mining region of the Namoi River valley. The district is home to numerous scientific and agricultural research facilities, sporting venues and natural attractions, including the Nandewar Ranges, Yarrie Lake and Pilliga Scrub.
Our campus offers a range of courses and flexible learning options to suit the needs of people with career plans in the fields of aged care, building and construction, business and financial services, children’s services, information and communication technology, metal fabrication and visual arts. Traineeships and targeted short courses are offered to support local industry. A range of general education and work skills programs are also available to prepare students for work and further study.